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Cricket-Reaction to the death of Australian great Shane Warne

Cricket-Reaction to the death of Australian great Shane Warne

Australia’s Shane Warne hugs England’s Matthew Hoggard on day one of the second Ashes Test at Edgbaston in Birmingham, central England, August 4, 2005. REUTERS/Ian Hodgson

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March 4 (Reuters) – Here are the reactions to the death of Australian Shane Warne, one of the greatest bowlers of all time. Read more

Warne’s death came hours after the death of another former great Australian cricketer, wicketkeeper Rod Marsh.

NICK HOCKLEY, CEO of CRICKET AUSTRALIA

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“Shane was one of the most talented and charismatic cricketers we have ever seen. He loved cricket, had an extraordinarily astute understanding of the game and his influence and legacy will last as long as he is played. “

AUSTRALIA CAPTAIN PAT CUMMINS

“Shane was a once in a century cricketer and his achievements will live on forever, but apart from the wickets he won and the matches he helped win, what he did drew so many people to this sport.

“Many of us in the playing squad grew up idolizing him and fell in love with this great sport as a result, while many of our support teams played with him or against him.

“It has been a terrible couple of days for Australian cricket with the passing of Rod Marsh and now Shane.”

INDIA BIG SACHIN TENDULKAR

“I will miss you Warnie. There was never a dull moment with you around, on or off the pitch. I will always cherish our duels on the pitch and our banter off the pitch. You always had a special place for India and the Indians had a special place for you.

“Gone too young!”

ADAM GILCHRIST, FORMER AUSTRALIAN WICKKEKEKER

“Numb. The highlight of my cricketing career was guarding the wicket at Warnie. Best seat in the house to watch the maestro at work.”

WEST INDIES GREAT BRIAN LARA

“I literally don’t know how to sum this up. My friend is gone!! We have lost one of the greatest sportsmen of all time!”

INDIA DRUMMER VIRAT KOHLI

“Life is so capricious and unpredictable. I can’t handle the passing of this great of our sport and also of someone I knew off the pitch. RIP #goat. Best to turn cricket ball .”

AUSTRALIAN DRUMMER DAVID WARNER

“Two legends of our game left us too soon. I am at a loss for words, and it is extremely sad. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Marsh and Warne family. I just can’t believe it. “

JACQUES KALLIS, FORMER POLYVALENT FROM SOUTH AFRICA

“He was one of the greatest competitors. He played hard on the pitch and was one of the first to have a beer with you afterwards. It was always a pleasure and a challenge to play against him. More importantly still, he loved his children to no end. One of cricket’s greats.”

INDIAN CRICKET BOARD

“The world cricket community is poorer today with the passing of Australian great Shane Warne. BCCI mourns the loss of the cricketer champion who enriched the game with his artistry.”

ENGLAND CRICKET TEAM

“One of the greatest of all time. A legend. A genius. You changed cricket.”

FORMER PAKISTANI CAPTAIN SHAHID AFRIDI

“The game of cricket has lost what I consider today to be a college of leg rotation bowling. I was inspired by his bowling from the start of my career and it has always been a privilege to bowl against him.”

FORMER PAKISTAN CAPTAIN WASIM AKRAM

“I am shocked and extremely sad to learn of the sudden death of my friend Warnie…he was always in touch and always helpful…apart from being an iconic bowler he was a great entertainer.”

PAKISTAN MELON SHADAB KHAN

“To the greatest legs player of all time = Shane Warne. The reason I started bowling. Rest in power. There will be no one like you. Few people have the power to inspire generations, you are the reason so many of us started bowling.”

VIRENDER SEHWAG, FORMER INDIA DRUMMER

“One of the greatest spinners, the man who made spin cool, superstar Shane Warne is gone. Life is very fragile, but it’s very hard to understand.”

WEST INDIES GREAT VIV RICHARDS

“Unbelievable. I’m deeply shocked. This can’t be true… There are no words to describe how I feel right now. A huge loss for cricket.”

INDIA CAPTAIN ROHIT SHARMA

“I am truly at a loss for words here, it is extremely sad. An absolute legend and champion of our game has left us.”

PAKISTAN CAPTAIN BABAR AZAM

“I find it hard to believe. Such a devastating loss to the world of cricket. He literally inspired generations with his magical leg spin. You will be forever missed.”

FORMER PAKISTAN HEAD COACH WAQAR YOUNIS

“I’m shocked and devastated. I just can’t believe I’m hearing this. A very, very sad day for our cricketing community. The greatest superstar of my generation is gone.”

FORMER ENGLAND DRUMMER IAN BELL

“There are no words. A growing hero and the greatest player I’ve ever played against. I can’t believe it.”

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Compiled by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru Edited by Christian Radnedge and Toby Davis

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